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New longhouse to be dedicated.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Representatives of the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and University of Oregon officials will dedicate the Many Nations Longhouse on campus this morning.

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the longhouse, 1630 Columbia St.

Tribal chiefs, UO President Dave Frohnmayer, UO Vice Provost Gregory Vincent and Oregon University System officials will take part in the dedication.

At 3,000 square feet, the building is twice the size of the former longhouse. It includes environmentally friendly and traditional features that represent native tribes and their cultures.

Key elements include interior cedar timbers, a living sod roof, rock embedded in the maple hardwood floor to symbolize the connection with the earth, and a skylight to allow in light - similar to openings in the roofs of original tribal dwellings.

The longhouse is part of the UO's Native American Initiative, which includes a tuition residency program for all members of the 44 bands and tribes whose ancestors lived in Oregon, the formation of a new Center for Indigenous Cultural Survival, and partnerships between the university's anthropologists and American Indians.

Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones, a 1967 UO architecture graduate, designed the new Many Nations Longhouse.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 11, 2005
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